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Worker at skip hire firm was killed when concrete block fell on top of him after machinery hit a concrete wall, inquest hears


A teenage labourer at a skip hire firm died after machinery hit a wall causing a concrete block to fall on him, an inquest has heard. 

Oliver Thomas Nield, 17, died at the scene following a ‘workplace accident’ at the premises of M60 Skip Hire in Bury town centre, where he had recently just started working.

Rochdale Coroner’s Court heard how Oliver was seen on CCTV walking towards a large concrete wall with another member of staff, when a piece of machinery on the other side made contact with it and caused two large concrete blocks to fall, one of which fell on Oliver and killed him.

A joint investigation by Greater Manchester Police and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was launched following the incident on Thursday, February 8. 

Two men, aged 41 and 36, were arrested on suspicion of driving offences and gross negligence manslaughter. Both have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Following Oliver’s death, his mother Samantha issued a heartfelt tribute in which she called her son ‘the most courageous, loving, caring boy we have ever met’.

Oliver Thomas Nield (pictured) died at the scene following a 'workplace accident' at the premises of M60 Skip Hire, where he had recently just started working

Oliver Thomas Nield (pictured) died at the scene following a ‘workplace accident’ at the premises of M60 Skip Hire, where he had recently just started working

Speaking at the inquest, Police Coroner’s Officer Jane Scullion said : ‘He had recently started working at M60 Skip Hire. He was seen on CCTV walking with another member of staff into a large concrete wall.

‘On the other side of the wall was a piece of machinery which made contact with the wall. That caused two large concrete blocks to fall. One fell on Oliver. There’s an ongoing police investigation.’

Ms Scullion said Oliver, who was born at Fairfield Hospital and lived in Bury, was a labourer and single. He was identified at the premises by his mother Samantha, she said.

Area Coroner Julie Mitchell added: ‘Bearing in mind the circumstances of Mr Nield’s death I am satisfied it’s right to proceed to inquest, and I am going to formally open the inquest.

‘I offer my condolences to the family of Mr Nield.’

No date has been fixed for the full inquest as Ms Mitchell said that would ‘depend on whether there’s any criminal prosecution.’ 

She asked for a full file from both the GMP and HSE and asked that they ‘keep this court updated regarding the progress of any criminal investigation or charge.’

Paying tribute to her son, Oliver’s mother Samantha said: ‘My brown-eyed boy Ollie – you were the most courageous, loving, caring boy we have ever met. 

You are my whole world. I just can’t imagine you not walking through the door, giving me the biggest cuddle and sloppiest kiss with your big lips saying ‘love you mama.’

‘Going checking on your baby brother who adores you and would non-stop come into your room for you to play Fortnite or wrestle on the floor, with you giving the best cuddles. You were always there for everyone. You were the best little brother to Coby, the best big brother to Hector, and your other siblings.

A joint investigation by the police and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was launched following the incident on the Tile Street industrial estate (pictured) in Bury town centre

A joint investigation by the police and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was launched following the incident on the Tile Street industrial estate (pictured) in Bury town centre

‘You were never shy to show your emotions in public – you were big and strong but so soft with a loving personality. 

You protected everyone with your big, kind, caring heart, and your beautiful smile that lit up the room and everyone else’s heart too. You were always there for everyone else.

‘I will miss every single piece of you. My heart is broken and I wish I could just bring you home with me where you belong. I wish I could hear your singing and giggling away in your room one more time.

‘I just can’t ever accept you’re never coming home. I will give anything to bring you back, anything.’

Friend Shelly Clavering told the Manchester Evening News: ‘I am so sorry to all of his family for going through something so devastating. He will be truly missed by every one of us. He was an amazing young lad and will always be remembered.’ Another pal said: ‘A very outgoing kid… will be missed a lot.’

Tributes and condolences to his loved ones also poured in on social media. Kelly posted on Facebook: ‘He was an amazing lad my heart goes out to the family heartbreaking xx.’



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